Olivier is a competitive athlete who has achieved some top finishes during his racing career. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.
Have you always been into sport?
Yes. Despite having asthma in childhood, I’ve always been into sports. But I’ve never been able to make up my mind. I’ve played tennis, fencing, volleyball, done some rowing and lately moved to triathlon.
How did you first get into triathlon?
One of my colleague was always talking about triathlon. I once said I would try. So she kept sending me invitation to race events. I’ve declined all of them as it was during the weekends and I was still playing volleyball in the national league. Until one that was weekday. I couldn’t turn it down. I remember waking up at 5am to go swimming in a pool and run outside in St Albans. I fell so go after and had a lovely day at work.
What has been your favourite race to date and why?
I loved my first 70.3 distance in Chantilly. The scenery was stunning, The weather was perfect. And I overtook my best friend on the run (he was coming back from injury).
What is your proudest achievement?
I think it was finishing 3rd overall in the Conquer The Chilterns triathlon sprint plus distance. And 1st overall. It’s only a local event, but winning from time to time makes you feel special.
Have you ever had any racing disasters?
The only disaster I can remember of was a triathlon in Montpellier, France. I’ve forgotten to put my chip timing tag one.
How do you overcome setbacks?
I’m pretty strong mentally. I don’t take life too seriously. So I would say setbacks are pretty rare for me. You can learn from everything, good and bad. You learn from your mistakes, and achievements, and move forward.
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
Do not put socks on in a sprint triathlon. And it’s ok to get wet on your bike. That would have saved me minutes in my transitions!
What are your goals?
The ultimate goal would be to compete in a full Ironman. I do believe I have the capacity to finish one. However I’m competitive and want to finish it in a decent time.
Who inspires you?
The people you find in weird documentaries on Amazon Prime Video: people cycling from Cape to Cape, doing LEJOG, people running in le marathon des sables, ultra runners, the 50.50.50 cowboy ironman. I love the Brownlee brothers, but I’m not sure if they are a source of inspiration or not.
Why work with Sundried?
I love the collection. And I love Sundried's ethic and brand values.